Rooney to start England's WCup warm-up match vs Ecuador as other regulars are rested in Miami

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Wayne Rooney will have a chance to prove his World Cup match fitness for England when he starts against Ecuador in a friendly on Wednesday.

The Manchester United striker returned from a month out with a groin injury in Friday's 3-0 victory against Peru but went a fourth match without scoring for England during his 66 minutes on the Wembley Stadium pitch.

Although Roy Hodgson is using England's penultimate World Cup warm-up match to give squad players game time, the coach confirmed Tuesday that Rooney will stay in the starting lineup at the Sun Life Stadium, just north of Miami.

Frank Lampard, though, will take over the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard, who will be rested from the starting lineup.